FILE PHOTO: The Apple Inc. the logo can be seen hanging from the Apple store on 5th Avenue in Manhattan, New York, New York, USA, October 16, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Segar/File Photo
(Reuters) – Apple Inc’s (AAPL.(O) “taking a deeper look at how we deal with disputed borders,” it is a reference to the Russian-annexed Crimean Peninsula as part of Russia is in the Cards, and the Weather app for Russian users, a company spokeswoman told Reuters on Friday.
Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller told Reuters that Apple did not make any changes to the cards outside of Russia, and the change is for Russian users, as a result of a new law that went into effect in this country.
“We look at it, international law, and relevant U.S. and other national laws for the creation of a provision contained in the labeling at the very same time and make changes as required by law. We’ll take a deeper look at what we are dealing with the disputed boundaries on the services, and may make changes in the future, as a result,” Muller told Reuters.
Russia and the Ukraine, both of which are very sensitive to the way in which companies around the world identify with Crimea as Russian troops occupied the territory, and Moscow annexed it in March 2014 after a referendum which Kiev and its Western allies say it was illegal.
The Russian and the Ukrainian embassy in the United States did not immediately return requests for comment on Friday.
Apple seemed to have changed the way in which the listed locations in the Building included in the software, with an eye to the Russian politicians, who have demanded that the peninsula be identified as a part of the Russian federation.
Reuters journalists in Moscow, which is typed the name of the Crimean regional capital Simferopol on Apple’s Maps and Weather apps on Wednesday, and saw it listed as the “Sevastopol, Crimea, Russia. Users elsewhere, such as in the Ukrainian capital city of Kiev, and the Crimea itself — see the places in the Building is shown without any indication of the country to which they belong.
The Ukrainian foreign minister, Vadym Prystaiko, said on Twitter on Wednesday that Apple does not “give a damn” about the state of the pain.
The EU and the United States does not recognize the Crimea in the Russian language, and have imposed sanctions against the peninsula, and to the people they are accusing of violating Ukraine’s territorial integrity.
Report by Stephen Nellis in San Francisco; Editing by Sandra Maler and Lisa Shumaker